It can be very difficult to know what to do if faced with a concern about a child, especially if the concern involves someone you know. A set procedure ensures that everyone is clear on what action to take in the event of suspected abuse or inappropriate behaviour. It gives staff and volunteers clear, important steps to follow; ensuring action is taken quickly and in the best interests of the child. Cricket Scotland is committed to working in partnership with parents/carers where possible when there are concerns about a child. Parents/carers have the primary responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of their children.
Basic principles are that the welfare of the child is the paramount consideration. Concerns should be passed on without delay to those with the authority, expertise and skills to deal with them. Information should be shared with those immediately concerned with the issue in hand and remain confidential in order to ensure any investigations are not prejudiced and to protect those involved.
If you have concerns about the immediate safety of a child, take whatever action is required to ensure his/her safety and contact the police immediately. No member of Cricket Scotland shall investigate allegations of abuse or decide whether a child has been abused.
These procedures aim to ensure that all concerns about the conduct of a member of staff/volunteer are dealt with in a timely, appropriate and proportionate manner. No member of staff/volunteer in receipt of information that causes concern about the conduct of a member of staff/volunteer towards children shall keep that information to himself or herself, or attempt to deal with the matter on their own. The full procedures can be accessed here **Link** to Pages 21 -26 CP Policy
At any point in responding to concerns about the conduct of a member of staff/volunteer, advice may be sought from the police or social work services.